The Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre will perform a site specific dance celebrating Los Angeles' legendary Dunbar Hotel at the hotel. Based on "Life's Tragedy and Sympathy," two poems by Paul Laurence Dunbar. During the segregated era when African-Americans were not allowed to stay at major hotels, it became the hangout for such legends as Langston Hughes, Paul Robeson, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and Lena Horne. It hosted the first NAACP national convention in the western US.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014
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The Eve of Jackie returns to Washington, DC for two performances at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, September 20 & 21, 2014. Starring the award winning, Broadway performer - Chester Gregory asJackie Wilson.
, a raw and jaw-dropping tour de force musical tribute to Jackie Wilson. Set in September 1975 the show is an incredible look at Jackie Wilson and his last complete performance, the night before he collapses on stage. Draped with this show is a flashback to that concert in which the great artist felt compelled to share details of his troubled life. Chester Gregory masterfully performs many of the singer’s signature hits and expertly executes his awe-inspiring trademark moves.
After stepping foot on the music scene in the late 1950s as a solo artist, Jackie Wilson forever changed the face of Pop Culture. Known for his dynamic stage presence and cross-over hits like “Higher and Higher,” “Lonely Teardrops,” “My Empty Arms,” “Alone at Last” and “Baby Workout,” Jackie Wilson has from Elvis Presley to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, Wilson had more than 20 Top-40 pop-chart hits. No wonder they called him “Mr. Excitement,” a charismatic showman who commanded a stage like few before or since, and Chester captures every nuance, from Jackie’s natural tenor to his signature moves.
About Chester Gregory;
Chester Gregory is a Gary native and Broadway veteran best known from his roles in Sister Act, Dreamgirls, Hairspray, Tarzan, Cry Baby, and Shrek the Musical. Chester studied at Emerson Visual and Performing Arts School, and Columbia College, graduating with his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Through dedication and hard work he built his passion for the arts into a career, making a name for himself when he burst onto the theater scene as Jackie Wilson in original production of "The Jackie Wilson Story" for which he received major acclaim such as, The Jeff, AUDELCO, BTAA and Black Excellence Awards.
Directed by Da’Vine Joy Randolph, with Musical Direction by Rob Lewis. The show is co-written by Crystal Lucas and Chester himself.
Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
The Bethesda Theater, built in 1938 and opened as one of the era's Art Deco cinema palaces, has come back to life! With an $8 million renovation, this National Historic Register Property is the region's #1 Live Music Supper Club! Located 1 1/2 blocks from the Bethesda Metro station. The Cheltenham Parking Garage is located behind the Club.
Tickets are $17.50-$37.50 and are available at The Bethesda Blues and Jazz supper Club’s box office or by visiting Home
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Friday, July 25, 2014
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Thursday, July 24, 2014
giving raw impressions of 6 black plays.
Sunday, August 17th at 7pm
National Black Theatre
2031 5th Avenue (@125th Street)
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Pre-Sale Tickets: $25.00
$30.00 at door (limited number)
Buy tickets here.
To learn more, please click here.
Monday, July 21, 2014
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AFTER A SUCCESSFUL SOLD OUT PERFORMANCE OF PLAY #1 TITLED "THE GRINDER" WE'RE BACK WITH PLAY #2!
SILK STOCKINGS AND A BIBLE, THE SECOND PLAY IN THE TRILOGY "WOMEN YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW," ABOUT WOMEN PERCEIVED AS SOCIETY'S "BAD GIRLS", IS SET IN HARLEM AND ATLANTIC CITY DURING THE SWING ERA. IT TELLS THE TALE OF FANNIE MAE BROWN, A CHORUS GIRL WHO BECOMES A CHURCH LADY WITH A PAST...
ARE HER REGRETS OF HER SPICY PAST OR OF HER AUSTERE PRESENT?
WRITTEN, DIRECTED, PRODUCED BY STEPHANIE LYNN WILSON
STARRING KRYSTAL HILL AS GIRL FANNIE MAE BROWN
STACEY GRIFFIN AS THE SAILOR JOSEPH CHARLES
MICHELLE ROBINSON AS DORIS
LASALLE CHUK OBASI AS BUDDY
EREN T. GIBSON AS SASSY AND
SANTI RODRIGUEZ AS SAMMY G.
$25 in advance/$30 at door
For more information and to buy tickets, please click here.
A scene from this play was chosen to be performed at the 2014 Harlem Arts Festival
Look for the full production of all three plays
in the same run of the entire trilogy in early 2015!
The staged reading of the third play in the trilogy "Wild Child" TBA
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WILSON EXCLUSIVE TALENT PRODUCTIONS IS FISCALLY SPONSORED BY MEGA NATIONAL ARTS ORGANIZATION FRACTURED ATLAS
Monday, July 14, 2014
Tonight! July 14, 2014 7:30pm
The Cell Theater
(338 W. 23rd Street b/t 8th and 9th Avenues)
The cast list is in for Nathan James' full length play, Contrary to Popular Belief, at The Black Board Reading series: Khalil Kain (well known for GIRLFRIENDS and JUICE), Toccarra Cash, James Edward Becton III, Carter Woodson, Norman Small, Mckenzie Frye, Evander Duck, and Ryan Guess.
On the South side of Pittsburgh, there is a business district that’s stretches along East Carson Street, which is home to shop owner, Kevin Evans, who struggles to keep his life together amidst his estranged brother missing in New Orleans and a failing marriage. Contrary to Popular Belief is a play about love, betrayal, regret, and forgiveness surrounding the controversial events of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. The play is set in Kevin’s shop, Debonair’s, in the fall of 2005 in the critical hours of the warning to evacuate New Orleans. In the midst of this national disaster the characters in this play must find a way to cope as they also deal with going through the storms in their personal lives. With the revealing of dark family secrets, infidelity, and the threat a Debonair’s license to operate being revoked, Kevin and the shop employees take us on a journey through their personal storms as they struggle to keep their head above water to survive. Contrary to Popular belief explores the causes of the unaddressed stress levels causing hyper tension for many African Americans, questions the government, and addresses the domino effect racism has played on the state of many black communities today.
Written by Nathan James
Directed by Cezar Williams
Stage directions are being read by Stori Ayers .
Come out to the Cell Theater on July 14th at 7:30 pm. More information at: www.blackboardplays.com
Monday, July 7, 2014
Friday, July 4, 2014
As The Spiral Theatre Studio comes to the end of its first year, it is excited to present a New York City debut, when Heather Bagnall and her company, Tasty Monster Productions, bring Heather's one woman show singlemarriedgirl to the Big Apple. Check out the performance details on the website here.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
It's like something out of Kafka.
While I am sure that most artists and creators of theatre are extremely compassionate when it comes to the world at large, I encounter more bigotry on a daily basis in the arena of the theatre than in any other place in my life.
First of all there is the "Protestant Ascendancy" of New York. While there are certainly plenty of NYC theatre folks who have plenty of respect for theatre in the rest of the country, there are still far too many decision makers who believe that NYC is THE validator of theatre. It's bigotry to think that theatre in Cleveland or Atlanta can't be the equal of theatre in NYC.
And outside of New York, how often do you hear the lament that the theatre is very "cliquish" in this or that city. And it's true. And the problem with cliques - just by their very nature - is that they spew bigotry and they spew it into the greater community, which undermines the theatre as a whole.Cliquishness is not good for the mental health of the community and It does NOT build a population of Americans who are going to get excited about the theatre.
There's also economic bigotry as well - those who get the grants are the "chosen." They are the ones that get ALL of the local press in so many cities, making it almost impossible for the independent and unfunded artists and projects in a community to get the attention they deserve.
Unfortunately there is more talent than there is money. Please don't hold that against the artists who are not allowed to get in line for the money.
Bigotry towards community theatre is ridiculous. Most of us got our start in community theatre. Every community theatre out there is just as much a blessing to Broadway as Broadway is to community theatre.
Personally I find the attitude towards university theatre to be very bigoted. This is the most vital theatre that there is and all of us in the theatre should be encouraging our friends and fans to enjoy what happens on university and college theat
re stages. That's where you are going to see Chekov and Brecht and not just Shakespeare.
I won't even go there with the situation as far as African American playwrights goes. Or ageism.
And nowadays, more and more, there is a level of producers who is neither commercial nor community and who are not eligible for the 501(c)3 nonprofit status who are struggling to fulfill their artistic destinies. These folks should be our heroes - not shunted off in to dark corners.
Talent is NOT a geographical phenomenon - an act of theatre is only as valuable as the effect it has on an audience at any given performance.
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